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Can someone help me understand the point of "smart" compressors/EQ plugins?
Old 2 weeks ago
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Can someone help me understand the point of "smart" compressors/EQ plugins?

This is not at all a critique of said plugins, but rather that I can't seem to understand their value despite the general consensus about them being very positive.

For example in some songs, I would like my kick drum to be extremely punchy and quick, on another, I'd like to have the exact opposite effect.

The way I have seen people use these plugins is that the smart comp "analyzes" that single kick drum track, then sets parameters accordingly. What concerns me is that the plugin has no awareness about the context that the kick drum is being played in.

With smart EQ's, their purpose is to "even out" the tonal imbalances by reducing/increasing the gain in frequencies that are uneven - while I do understand the value in putting that on the master bus where there are multiple tracks at varying frequencies; on a single track, are not those tonal imbalances exactly what makes an instrument interesting? And without context of other instruments, how would a "smart" eq know which frequencies to focus on.
Old 2 weeks ago
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They aren't set and forget. You have to smartly deploy and employ them. They aren't for every situation or task. Or for every person. Or for every type or track or music.

But they can work a bit of magic when things are right.
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